It comes as no surprise that card designer & illustrator, Kerry Spurling, is a workaholic by the way she talks so passionately & enthusiastically about her work. In this post she also tells us about how her mild obsession, of sewing & crafting, feeds into her work and how she has already landed her dream commission.
Tell us more about who you are and what you do?
Most of my career has been spent as an employed designer but have always taken on freelance commissions. Seven years ago, after being offered a contract with Hallmark and UKG, I switched to being freelance full-time. I’m a wee bit of a workaholic but that’s easy to do when you love what you do. I am also a member of the ‘colour coop’ (as in chicken coop…long story!!!). We are a collective of designers, primarily a promotional Instagram group; in which we not only set ourselves briefs but also enjoy being part of a group of like minded friends, who help and support each other. Freelance can sometimes be very lonely!
How do you like to create, what’s your favourite medium to use and your normal working method?
I don’t have a specific style as Im expected to work in a variety of designs, but I do love textures and pattern, so that’s what you do tend to see coming through in my work.
What design trends are you seeing that you are excited about and think suit your style of work?
I’m still loving the rainbow trend and hope this never ends!
But I am mildly obsessed by crafting and sewing and love introducing that into some of my designs.
Probably an impossible question, but what is the most favourite card design you have created in recent years
Earlier in the year I developed a style using textured papers that was used in designs for Waitrose and Clintons. I went onto design a range of everyday images and plan to add to these designs when I’m less busy.
Finally what would be your dream card brief / project?
I pinch myself as I was recently contracted to a stationery company and now develop stationery for the Far East, and Europe…. unfortunately I can’t show you any of it as it hasn’t been launched yet; but look out for foam panda pens, furry pink pencil cases and rainbows galore. I love every second!
Want to see or know more …
Want to view more examples of Kerry’s work, then take a look at her Instagram page
Kerry is available for freelance commissions, she can be contacted on